India vs Australia 2nd T20I: India Ought To Win To Save Series

Team India fought blatantly after a mediocre performance with the bat in the opening Twenty20 International (T20I) of the two-match series. However it was not enough as Umesh Yadav failed to defend 14 runs in the last over to give away Australia a 1-0 series lead. 

The two teams will play in the second and final T20I at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. 

While the focus will still be on giving the fringe players a chance to prove themselves ahead of the all-important World Cup 2019 but India will surely go all out in a bid to avoid a series loss at home to Australia.

Following the defeat in Visakhapatnam, India captain Virat Kohli had spoken about giving “game time” to KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant looking ahead to the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

While Rahul hit a fine half-century in the first T20I, Pant was involved in a mix-up and was run-out for 3. Barring three players (Rahul, Kohli and MS Dhoni), no other Indian batsman could even reach double figures as the hosts were restricted to 126 for seven.

The below-par 126 with the bat denied bowlers a decent shot at securing a win even though the Jasprit Bumrah- led attack did all it could to keep the home team in the game till the final over of the match.

India rested opener Shikhar Dhawan to give game time to Rahul, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands by smashing 50 off 36 balls in his comeback game.

He had a disastrous Test tour of Australia before he and Hardik Pandya were provisionally suspended for their loose talk on women during a TV show.

The ban was later revoked though they still face an inquiry.

With the series on the line, it remains to be seen if Dhawan is brought back into the side to open alongside Rohit Sharma or the team retains the opening combination which featured in Vizag.

While Bumrah showed his class after coming back from a break, the other pacer in Umesh Yadav leaked runs and was not able to defend 14 in the final over.

India could replace Umesh with Siddharth Kaul or bring in all-rounder Vijay Shankar to beef-up the batting department.

The hosts played with a long tail in Vizag and that impacted their final total following an inexplicable batting collapse from 69 for one in the ninth over.

Pant, a strong contender for a World Cup 2019 berth, will be itching to perform after getting out cheaply on Sunday, and so will be Dinesh Karthik, who is left with just one game to make a compelling contribution before the World Cup.

Focus will also be on MS Dhoni the batsman who stuttered to an unbeaten 29 off 37 balls in Vizag.


India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande.

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb (wk), Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli Set To Return

India skipper Virat Kohli, after missing out the last few ODIs against New Zealand abd the T20I series is all geared up to make a come back for the upcoming series against Australi. 

While the regular skipper’s return to the team is confirmed when the selectors meet in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai on Friday, what will be interesting to see is how the workload of someone like Rohit Sharma is looked at going into the final few games before the 2019 World Cup.

Sources in the know of developments have told Hindustan Times that while skipper Kohli’s return is a given, Rohit could be rested for the two-match T20I series as he has been playing non-stop cricket and was also part of the Test squad in the previous series against Australia. The selectors will announce the squad for all the seven games on Friday — two T20Is and five ODIs.

Not just Rohit Sharma but there could be few other players who could be asked to sit out against Australia. Fast-bowler Jasprit Bumrah is set to return after being rested for the limited overs leg in Australia and New Zealand and he could replace fellow pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the line-up.

  1. Yuzvendra Chahal too has been playing continuous cricket and was the preferred option in the T20Is, ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. The selectors would want to give him a break and try out few other spinning options.

India vs Australia: Austraila Fast Bowler Mitchell Starc Dropped Out Of Series

Mitchell Starc, Australian fast bowler has been dropped out of the ODI series against India due to an injury that striked during the second Test win against Sri Lanka. Two T20Is and a five- match ODI series against Australia is to happen in India. 

Starc will be replaced by Kane Richardson in the 15-man squad announced by Cricket Australia on Thursday. Starc, who was the man of the match in the second Domain Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra for claiming 10 wickets, is suffering from pectoral muscle injury in his upper body.

Richardson, who shone in the Big Bash T20 League for the Melbourne Renegades, is recalled for his first international series after Australia were whitewashed 5-0 by England last year. “Kane not only has experience playing ODI cricket for Australia, but he’s also performed well for his country when given the opportunity,” said selector Trevor Hohns in a statement.